Valentine’s Day Wine Champagne or Brachetto di Acqui?


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Champagne Étienne Oudart’s Tasting in Washington DC


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Terry enjoys a champagne with Jacques Oudart at the APVSA tasting in Washington DC, January 2019.

Champagne Étienne Oudart had several champagnes for tasting at the January APVSA tasting in Washington DC. This champagne house passed from father to son. It began in 1958 and has progressed. In 2018 the vineyards were certified “High Environmental Value” and “Sustainable Viticulture in Champagne.” The winery is located south of Épernay in Brugny.

Today, the champagne house is headed by Jacques and his wife Karinne. Last year Champagne Étienne Oudart celebrated its 60th anniversary. I met Jacques at the Washington DC tasting. Asked about his wine journey he said that at a young age he wanted to escape the champagne world. As a young adult at 22, he decided to return to the world of champagne. 

Jacques sees his champagnes as different than others. Many of the grapevines are 60 …

Champagne Colin Tasting in Washington DC


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Delphine Colin pouring Champagne Colin at the APVSA tasting in Washington DC – January 2019.

Champagne Colin can trace their earliest wine growing to 1829 when Constant Piéton grew grapes. Constant was the great-grandfather of Geneviève Prieur who along with Marie-Louise Radet inherited vines from their parents. The estate remained in the family and in 1995 was taken over by brothers Richard and Romain Colin; Geneviève Prieur was their maternal grandmother. They changed the future for the estate from sending their grapes to a cooperative to becoming independent winegrowers. 

We met and spoke with Richard’s wife, Delphine at the APVSA tasting in Washington DC earlier this month. Delphine helps out where needed from the cellar to the office, administration and export. While on tour of the Eastern United States, Delphine hopes to meet with distributors who may want to carry Champagne Colin. 

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Washington DC Tasting Includes Champagne Sourdet-Diot


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Amelie pours the Brut Rosé.

Champagne Sourdet-Diot is located at La Chapelle Monthodon in the Marne Valley. The first vines were planted in the 1960s by Raymond Sourdet who sold the grapes to champagne houses. Over the years the vineyards were expanded. During the 1980s, Patrick and Nadine Sourdet began to make champagne with their grapes while also selling some of the grapes. By the 1990s, all the grapes harvested were used by the Sourdets. In 2003, Patrick and Nadine’s daughter, Ludivine and her husband Damien joined the family champagne house.

While at the APVSA tasting in Washington DC, I had the opportunity to speak with Amelie Sourdet who poured three champagnes to taste. Amelie works in the champagne house’s export group. She said that her interest in wine started when she was young and was permitted to taste wine.

Champagnes

Champagne Sourdet-Diot Brut Cuvée de Reserva

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Champagne Sylvie Moreau Tasting in Washington DC


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One of the vineyards of Champagne Sylvie Moreau. Photo courtesy of Champagne Sylvie Moreau.

A half century ago, the origins of Champagne Sylvie Moreau began when Sylvie Moreau’s parents, Micheline and André Moreau planted grapes in the town of Saint Euphraise et Clairizet. In 1973, André sold the first bottle of champagne under the label of Champagne André Moreau. They continued to craft champagnes until the 1990’s when they decided to retire. It was natural for their daughter Sylvie to take over the champagne house. Today the champagne house is operated by Sylvie Moreau and her husband Olivier, the winemaker. The label was changed to Champagne Sylvie Moreau.

Total vineyard land comprises of three hectares (7.4 acres) in different areas ((Petite

Montagne de Reims, Vallée de l’Ardre and Vallée de la Marne) that showcase Pinot Munier, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

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Domaine Collet Champagne Tasting in Washington DC


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Florent Collet pours the Empreinte de Terroir Brut.

Domaine Collet is in the Côte de Sézanne area of Champagne. Prior to the 1960’s a small vineyard was tended and the grapes were used to make wine for the family.  During the 1960s, the family planted more vines and grapes were sold. By 1973, the family decided to make their own champagne through a cooperative. In 2000, sales were brisk and two years later the family decided to control the entire process of producing champagne from the vine to the bottle. Now, the champagne house is under the leadership of three brothers, Vincent, Thomas and Florent. Their father, René founded the current business in 1973 and adds his knowledge and experience to the production.

We tasted several of the champagnes during the APVSA tasting in Washington DC in January of 2019. Florent presented the champagnes and we were able …

Champagne Mallard Tasting in Washington, DC


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Charles Malard pouring champagne. The champagne house is looking for distributors in the United States.

Champagne Malard was founded by Jean-Louis Malard in 1996 in Aÿ, Champagne. Jean-Louis Malard was born in Épernay and spent much of his life in the “world of bubbles.” The champagne house sources it grapes from Premier Cru and Grand Cru Vineyards.

I tasted several of the champagnes during the APVSA tasting in Washington DC in January of 2019. Charles Malard presented the champagnes and we were able to interview him. Charles represents Champagne Malard in the Paris restaurant industry and is helping to bring the brand to the export market. While in the United States, he hope to find distributors.

Interview with Charles Malard

Wine Trail Traveler: Tell us about Champagne Malard.

Charles Malard: Malard champagne was created in 1996 by my father Jean-Louis Malard. Today we create champagne mainly …

Champagne Patrice Guay Tasting in Washington DC


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Véronique and Patrice Guay are the passion behind Champagne Patrice Guay.

The proprietors of Champagne Patrice Guay (Véronique and Patrice Guay) are the fifth generation involved in champagne production in Champagne. Starting in 1930, Henri Joly and brother-in-law Alfred Godinat began to vinify grapes and craft champagne. Today, the house creates champagnes under the label of “Patrice Guay and “Guay-Quignot.”

The champagne house has about 7 hectares (17 acres) of vines, mostly Pinot Munier. A quarter of their acreage is planted with Chardonnay and a small percentage is planted with Pinot Noir. The champagne house produces 20,000 bottles of champagne and is looking for distributors in the United States.

Interview with Patrice

Wine Trail Traveler: When did your distribution begin?

Patrice: We have started the prospecting for the big export one year ago because our vineyard is developing since my parents stopped their activity . Our son Thomas …

50 Great Wines of 2018


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The 11th & 12th Days of Christmas with Champagne & Sparkling Wine


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Sorry about that. You know the drill, the world is too much with us late and soon, getting and spending we lay waste our powers, blah blah blah, so today, the actual 12th Day of Christmas — Twelfth Night — we double up with a twofer to compensate for the absence of the 11th day yesterday.

These wines were samples for review.
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I reviewed the Frank Family Vineyards Brut Rosé 2012 on February 14, 2017, obviously aimed at Valentine’s. Today it’s the turn of a new vintage for that wine, the Frank Family Brut Rosé 2014, Carneros, a blend of 88 percent pinot noir and 12 percent chardonnay, aged 30 months in the lees in bottle. The color is a pale but radiant copper-salmon hue, enlivened by a constant stream of tiny bubbles; the first impression is of a compote of strawberries and raspberries, spiced and macerated and slightly …

New Year’s Eve at Iridescence


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Teeling Irish Whiskey started off our New Year’s Eve celebration.

What did we drink to end 2018 for New Year’s Eve dinner? It was quite a plethora. As we were seated at Iridescence Restaurant in the Motor City Casino in Detroit, the men were served Teeling Irish Whiskey while the women were served a champagne from Moët & Chandon. The light gold colored brut champagne had multiple streams of small bubbles rising to the surface forming a circumference mousse. The bubbly mouthfeel had mineral and apple notes. The taste lingered in the mouth. The wine was used as an appetizer.

For the men, the Teeling Irish Whiskey was also used as an appetizer. The whiskey was a light yellow color with a floral and corn aroma. Floral notes, corn and heat were noted on the taste. The Irish whiskey had an extremely long aftertaste lasting several minutes. I added a …

The Seventh Day of Christmas with Champagne & Sparkling Wine: New Year’s Eve


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The two Brut Rosé Champagnes and one sparkling wine from Carneros reviewed below are intended for more intimate circumstances than a blow-out orgy of total strangers drooling their way through “Auld Lang Syne” at midnight. You’ve been there; now you’re a grown-up. However, for New Year’s Eve events that require bottles of bubbly to slake the festive thirsts of larger groups than a small dinner party or a romantic rendezvous pour deux, I recommend these products that are fairly widely available and won’t cause your credit cards to groan: 1. Domaine Paul Mas M Côté Mas Blanc de Blancs Brut, Côteaux du Languedoc, rated Very Good+, about $16; Juvé Y Camps Pinot Noir Brut Rosé Cava, rated Excellent, about $18; Vincent Crémant de Bourgogne, rated Excellent, about $20; and Bianchi Extra Brut Sparkling Wine, Mendoza, rated Excellent, about $22. For those of you looking for more elevated, refined and …

What Are You Drinking for New Year’s Eve?


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French champagne

As a child I well remember New Year’s Eve as an at home event. Every year in early fall, my mom and dad would “harvest” the grapes from our few grapevines. There were enough grapes for making yummy homemade grape juice. There was never any talk of making wine in those days.

As a result, by New Year’s Eve there were still bottles of the grape juice stored in the cellar of our 1800s home. Mom would retrieve a bottle of the grape juice, and as a special treat, mix grape juice with ginger ale or 7-Up. The sparkles in the non-alcoholic drink were delightful and just a perfect way to celebrate this special day.

Today it seems that many enjoy celebrating New Year’s Eve with sparkling wine or champagne. We enjoy a glass of sparkling wine/champagne anytime but New Year’s Eve also is a great day to …

The Fourth Day of Christmas with Champagne & Sparkling Wine


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The Moët et Chandon Nectar Impérial Rosé is a Brut Rosé for grown-ups. The blend, depending on the vintages involved, tends to be 45 to 55 percent pinot noir, 35 to 45 percent pinot meunier and 5 to 10 percent chardonnay, with 20 to 30 percent reserve wines. The color is a ruddy copper-smoky topaz hue; tiny bubbles form a seething torrential up-surge. The beguiling bouquet and the round flavors are characterized by blood oranges, red currants and strawberries both ripe and dried, all sifted with elements of chalk and limestone; the result is a Champagne that’s very dry and austere but svelte and supple, almost dense through the mid-palate. A few minutes in the glass bring in traces of softly ripened peaches with mint and hints of rose petals, flint and white pepper. Whatever delicate overtones it manifests, this is a substantial, savory sparkling wine. 12 percent alcohol. Excellent. …

The Second Day of Christmas with Champagne & Sparkling Wine


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A Round Of Wine For Thanksgiving: The ‘Help Yourself’ Version


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holiday wine, what to serve with Thanksgiving

I was having a conversation just yesterday about the joys of Thanksgiving and they boil down to this: food and family.

And I dare say, for many of us, the food category includes wine.

My husband and I have served Thanksgiving to our big, extended Irish family since before we had children. I do recall a much, much younger me, a woman who printed out a list of Thanksgiving-friendly wine suggestions from some expert online and took it, part-and-parcel to the wine shop. It’s actually how I fell in love with Beaucastel, after buying some for that meal.

If you’ve ever paused with concern about what to serve at Thanksgiving, I’m here to relieve your fears. I’ve tasted a number of excellent wines over the past months that will be lovely with your dinner.

Rather than line up pairings—an act nearly impossible for the wide-open feast—this article highlights interesting wines …

What Is Strawberry Champagne On Ice


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Champagne has always been a choice luxurious drink for celebrations. Today, however, it is served with a bit of a twist in its flavour. People are no longer excited about taking regular beers, red or white wine during occasions. The essence of a wedding, dinner party or other formal gathering lies in the range of high-end cocktails Continue Reading

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How to Store Champagne Properly – The Definitive Guide..


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How to Store Champagne “I am drinking the stars!” exclaimed Dom Perignon when he accidentally made the very first champagne in 1693. He was making wine, but couldn’t get ride Continue Reading

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A Pair of Iconic Cab Producers and a Sonoma linked Champagne


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2012 Alexander Valley Jordan Vineyard & Winery Cabernet Sauvignon (750ml $72; 1.5l $199)
Jordan Vineyard & Winery has been an iconic producer of Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon since practically its first release in 1976.  Their estate is located in the Alexander Valley AVA – just north of Healdsburg – which is the largest wine region in the county. The AVAs boundaries have changed slightly over the years but the the original border extended from the banks of the Russian River eastward to the foothills of the Mayacamas Mountains and is sheltered by the moderating influences of the Pacific.  This means the day times are dry and hot whereas the colder night temperatures create a large diurnal temperature swing leading to slowly maturing grapes and intense acids. The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon contains 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot; and 2% Malbec from the Jordan estate and …

10 Best Selling Champagne Brands Internationally – Most Are Delicious


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Would you like to know more about French Champagne and the different available Champagne types? We have something special in store for you today. Drawing from the experience of some Continue Reading

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